That's right, we're going to the fair feet-first today, from the gallop of the first few hours to the trudge toward the bus stop as the fireworks boom. As all veteran fairgoers know, proper footwear is essential to enjoying the day — even the horses would agree. Comfort and durability beat out fashion, hands down.
Photos by Leila Navidi
August 29, 2018 — 10:52pm
A child, carrying a blow-up unicorn, is captivated by bubbles from a vendor at the fair.
A piglet, one of 13 born just days before, rests its head on its mother's foot inside the CHS Miracle of Birth Center.
A white lamb named Katie, born just three days before, gets a fist bump from a young fan in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center.
Children watch as ducks are unloaded from a truck outside the Poultry Building.
Fairgoers watch the Draft Horse Supreme Six-Horse Hitch contestants walk by on their way to competition in Warner Coliseum.
Draft Horse Supreme Six-Horse Hitch contestants are readied for competition near the Warner Coliseum.
Jacen Wilinski of Wisconsin shears a Hampshire sheep, getting it ready for show.
The driver of a six-horse hitch rides into Warner Coliseum, competing in the Draft Horse Supreme Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series.
Liz Ziller, 14, of Rochester stands on the sidewalk with her miniature horse Lights Out. Ziller is wearing her participation ribbons from the Iowa State Fair on her boot.
A young fairgoer watches the Draft Horse Supreme Six-Horse Hitch contestants walk by on their way to competition in Warner Coliseum.
Fairgoers share french fries while resting on a bench.
Tattooed fairgoers on the midway.
Stanley Sandgren, 7, of Chaska enjoys cotton candy while attending the fair with a broken leg.
Fairgoers relax at the Sunset Swings vendor area.
Lesray Her of Bloomington holds his two-month-old niece Junie Her on the Mighty Midway.
Two fairgoers dressed as cows walk up Judson Avenue.
A fairgoer rests on a pig chair outside Donna's Bar-B-Q.